Mies Van Der Rohe
“...Architecture depends upon its time. It is the crystallization of its inner structure, the slow unfolding of its form. That is the reason why technology and architecture are so closely related. Our real hope is that they will grow together, that some day the one will be the expression of the other. Only then will we have an architecture worthy of its name: architecture as a true symbol of our time”
"Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness."
"We should work for simple, good, undecorated things... ...but things which are in harmony with the human being and organically suited to the little man in the street."
"God created paper for the purpose of drawing architecture on it. Everything else is at least for me an abuse of paper."
"I believe that architecture today needs to reflect on the tasks and possibilities which are inherently its own. Architecture is not a vehicle or a symbol for things that do not belong to its essence. In a society that celebrates the inessential, architecture can put up a resistance, counteract the waste of forms and meanings, and speak its own language. I believe that the language of architecture is not a question of a specific style. Every building is built for a specific use in a specific place and for a specific society. My buildings try to answer the questions that emerge from these simple facts as precisely and critically as they can."
"Architecture not only mirrors the times; it must also offer criticism of the times. It represents an autonomous system of thought. To think architecturally is not merely to deal with external conditions or to solve functional problems. I am convinced that architects must train themselves to ask fundamental questions, to give free rain to their individual architectural imaginations, and to consider people, life, history, tradition and climate. We must create architectural spaces in which man can experience - as he does with poetry or music - surprise, discovery, intellectual stimulation, peace and joy of life"